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Old Monday 27th August 2007, 12:02   #26
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Phalaropes are great and I'm also looking forward to following the redstart. Definitely not enough finished coloured work coming from you (but as long as the sketches keep coming, I won't complain!) Clever idea for the leaves, it was a similar problem (I have a very short attention span) of painting leaves that led to all the collages I did last year.

Progress report on the redstart asap please!
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Old Wednesday 5th September 2007, 03:56   #27
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Well, it's been two weeks, and I suppose it's time for an update. Not a huge amount of progress (no surprise there!), but I have a bit better idea of where I'm going. Stared at it for a week on the easel before starting to block in the shadows, then spent some time over the long weekend muddying up the leaves while trying to figure out how I'm going to tackle this. Being dockside with a cold beer is, at the very least, good enticement to get some painting done!

I've already noticed that the leaves are getting lost against the background, and I'll have to find a way to sharpen things up. For now, though, I'll plug along as I'm doing, and there's always the gouache if things go wrong (though I hate sullying up my watercolours with the stuff). I'll have to get some paint into that warbler, it's just not right to leave a Redstart looking so colourless.
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It's looking great Jomo - The bird will really bring the piece to life.
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It'll be good to see the redstart in place, I'm looking forward to the spalsh of colour.

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Let's blow the dust off of this one...

I spent much of last week trying to squeeze a few minutes of birding out of the last little bit of twilight left after work. The days get shorter so quickly! Chased a flock of uncooperative White-throated Sparrows around the Arboretum ponds at the old alma mater, and managed a page of sketches after a few days.

Then it was off to my parents' cottage for Thanksgiving weekend with the folks. The bay is much too disturbed for loons in the summer, but in fall they gather in small parties of two or three (young birds trailing moulting adults with their barking calls). Heavy fog obscured them for most of the weekend, but made for some nice ambiance when they did eventually come into view.

The weather was unseasonably warm this weekend (hot, muggy and more like June than October), and the woods near Oxenden were dead silent. Only after much standing around did I finally spot a small flock of Hermit Thrushes warily eyeing me from within a stand of conifers. On my way back I came across the wake of the logging activity that had barred my access to this trail earlier in the summer. A bit more birdlife here, with Brown Creepers, Yellow-rumps and Golden-crowned Kinglets flitting about while young Hairy and Downy woodpeckers noisily chased one another about the felled trees.
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Evocative description of what sounds like a grand weekend, loons in the fog, it couldn't get much better could it?

Outstanding sketchbook work, as always, I love the smooth flow of your linework.

My wife's father is a naturalised Canadian living near Toronto. I really think I should arrange a visit!

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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 08:34   #33
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Jomo - your drawings are simply beautiful. The great Doctor E.A.R. would have been proud to have produced these - effing stunning work. As Woody mentions, your descriptive prose transports the reader to the haunting, shrouded lakes with their special birds. One can sense the damp, dripping forest and the various woodland species eeking out an autumnal feast. Love your work. Love it!
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Can only echo the previous two posts. Your sketchbook pages are a joy to look at, like in real life, the more you look the more you see. Your birds are very much alive. Excellent.
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Stunning work- many thanks for sharing your experiences with us,
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 15:14   #36
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hi Jomo, Wonderful talent in sketching. Thanks for sharing your studies in the field. Your sketches are well done.
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I love the diver!
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 18:21   #38
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I love the diver!
Me too! I'd be over the moon to SEE one, never mind get the chance to sketch one Perhaps this coming winter will be the one

I love the way they are done on coloured paper too. Perhaps that's what scares me off sketching more - I'm using glaringly bright white paper and it's rather intimidating.

Can't wait to see more


How's the Redstart coming along by the way?
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Well its already been said so I will just agree with all the others. Stunning
discriptive passages that make you want to be there. Stunning Loon sketches!
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I love that Diver, it's a stunning sketch.
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Thanks for the comments all, very much appreciated!

I'm beginning to feel a bit sheepish, the rest of you all seem so productive and here I am still putting piddly bits of paint down on the same sheet of paper. I'm anxious to get this finished, as I'm just not in the mood for lush, green vegetation at the moment (so much dry autumn colour and decay outdoors, better suited to migrant LBJs than bright summer warblers).

I'm wishing now that I'd moved that leaf over a little more. I wanted him to be obscured somewhat (as warblers always are once the foliage comes out), and he seems too obvious now that I've put the orange down. I really think I ought to attempt a 'realistic' warbler piece some day -- a clump of leaves overhead with nothing but the bird's arse sticking out!
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I'm wishing now that I'd moved that leaf over a little more. I wanted him to be obscured somewhat (as warblers always are once the foliage comes out), and he seems too obvious now that I've put the orange down. I really think I ought to attempt a 'realistic' warbler piece some day -- a clump of leaves overhead with nothing but the bird's arse sticking out!
I love the shapes and colours with this one, regarding your thoughts on the bird being ''too obvious'' ..because you've placed the bird quite subtlely to the left (and not dead centre in the canvas) and surrounded with plenty of vegetation it doesn't look too obvious in my humble opinion!, the bird fits in perfectly with it's surroundings and looks very natural to my eyes.

A fantastic image!

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I don't know... This piece is really looking good. The leaves are AMAZING. I know what you mean about repeatedly putting paint down on the same piece though. Thanks for the comments regarding the pintail painting in the gallery. I too love getting the Birds in Art catalogue! My favorites this year are Lars Jonsson's pintails, James Morgan's hooded mergansers, Edwoud de Groot's caspian terns and Kathleen Dunn's brown creepers - along with many others!
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Old Sunday 14th October 2007, 00:11   #44
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You must work at your own pace, the amount of times I've looked over my paintings and thought, if only I'd taken a little more time! The composition is excellent, I can understand your feeling that you'd like it behind a leaf, but why not let him shine? Coming along very nicely, and no matter how long we have to wait to see the finished result, it's certainly going to be worth it!
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Don't sweat it. I take forever too , But it never bother's me! as long as I'm
happy with the painting sometimes its better to take your time as nick
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The only time its sometimes worth starting something else is if
you have gone off the boil on a painting
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Old Sunday 14th October 2007, 21:50   #46
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Jomo, your fieldwork is always a joy for our eyes!!
This Loon is outstanding!!

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Thanks Matt, I suppose you're right. The old bit about vision getting in the way of reality, perhaps!

Peter, I agree with you wholeheartedly on all counts (I love deGroot's orderly flocks, and Jim Morgan is the sh*t!).
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Your redstart is shaping up to be an excellent piece. I love the colours and the way you're using the intrinsic properties of the medium. Looking forward to the final result!

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Aargh, Sandhills! Rotten, rotten birds, they never want to be found (unless I'm with company or otherwise unable to find the time to pull over for a sketching session). A good report of cranes up on the Bruce this weekend, so with nothing planned I decided to head up and try my luck. Hours and hours of driving around, and not a one to be found. And then to return home and check my email, only to find that a sizable flock -- 250 birds! -- was reported off the highway just south of Hepworth, at the exact same time that I was detouring around said town deliberately to check the back roads for ... Sandhills! GRRR!

Ah, well. Here's some Ross's and Snow Goose sketches done after visiting the Bateman exhibit the weekend before last, and a small piece for the only pair of Yellow-rumped Warblers to give me the time of day last month. I'll be back up north again this weekend with friends, perhaps I'll get another chance with the Sandhills.
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Another breathtaking collection of work Jomo - your drawings are crammed with character and exactly the detail required to make advanced work from, whilst still standing as excellent works in their own right - tremendous.
Sorry about the cranes - you'll catch'em soon.
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